MOTIVATION for READING: I actually wasn’t that enthusiastic about reading this. Shame on me. I have always TRIED to have high standards about never whining about a book assigned for bookclub because that is the POINT of bookclubs — to read a book you may not be excited about or never heard of. Bookclub ‘entertainment’ is the discussion. And we all know that when everyone loves a book, discussion is boooooorrrrring. And if half love and half
hate dislike, WOO-BOYHOWDY = fun discussion.
Ok, the point of this post is my mea culpa: I really loved reading TKAM.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Do I really need to tell you? Young daughter of the upstanding town attorney starts school and learns about injustice and navigating ‘growing up’ in a small town in the 30s with a father who defends a black man accused of a crime where he is accused by a white woman; the white citizens just can’t deal with the situation.
WHAT’s GOOD: Scout is just great. She’s a tough kid, annoyed by the gender expectations being thrust upon her and she’s trying to figure out the big bad world. I loved the neighbor across the street.
What’s NOT so good: We’ve come not far in too much time.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m looking forward to discussion.
Great QUOTES: “Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.”
“I inched sluggishly along the treadmill of the Maycomb County school system, I could not help receiving the impression that I was being cheated out of something. Out of what I new not, yet I did not believe that twelve years of unrelieved boredom was exactly what the state had in mind for me.”
|“Dill was a villain’s villain: he could get into any character part assigned him, and appear tall if height was part of the devilry required.”|
“For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycombe Çounty, autumn turned to winter that year.”
“It’s not time to worry yet,”
“There was no doubt about it, I must soon enter this world, where on its surface fragrant ladies rock slowly, fanned gently, and drank cool water.”
RATING: 5 slices of pie. Of DEWBERRY TARTS.